What makes content go viral?

“The internet affords a level of relationship with consumers hitherto unfathomable.”

Lucas Donat

Viral content: The gold standard for successful digital marketing – at least, according to marketing clients. And, probably the bane of every digital marketer’s existence, who’s had to manage expectations of viral content being a norm rather than the exception.

The advent of social media has leveled the playing field, and fame and fortune are no longer an elusive enigma, reserved for an elite few. Every fame-hungry TikToker, influencer, YouTuber, and brand out there know they could be one click away from producing that magic piece of content that could garner enough views and shares to catapult them into the realms of instant stardom. And, if you’re in the business of digital marketing, so do your clients.

In the world of social media and digital marketing, everybody’s looking to trend. To do so requires cleverly crafted content with enough wit and smarts to make it go viral. Simple? Not so, according to marketing experts.

So, what does it take for content to go viral? Is there a magic formula or strategy? Does it happen by chance, or through the carefully thought-out efforts of a high-cost marketing strategy?

There is no magic formula for content virality. Viral content is so rare that most marketers agree that even the most carefully crafted, big-budget promotion cannot guarantee it – although it can go a long way to increasing your chances.

Viral content takes a dexterous mixture of deliberate planning, good strategy, clever targeting, and, wait for it…a whole lot of luck! Content virality is, after all, a game of being at the right place, at the right time.

However, if your business is not yet in a position to spend on a high-cost digital campaign, there are certain elements you can incorporate into your content to increase your chances of hitting that ever-elusive viral content jackpot! The most common elements include:

Lists and GIFs: These, according to research, are the most shared types of content on social media. So, if you can craft yourself a catchy Top 10… list, or create a punchy GIF, you’re well on your way to going viral.

Tapping into the ego: Besides lists and GIFs, social media research also suggests most of us have a little “inner-narcissist” that draws us to content we think makes us look good or clever. If your content appeals to people’s egos, they’re likely to share and make it go viral.

Emotional triggers: Content that triggers positive emotions, entertainment or amusement tends to get more shares than negative content. Humanizing your content is a great way to connect with an audience.

Shock factor: Something unexpected to shock and amaze.

Tips and hints: When people find your information useful, they’re more inclined to share with others. It taps into the ego factor, where they feel it makes them look good.

Offers: Everybody loves a freebie! If you’re giving away freebies, you can almost be assured to get a sharp increase in likes and shares.

Influencers: If you can get a good one to notice your content, go for it!

It’s important to remember that you cannot force your content or campaign to go viral, for content to truly spread beyond just your target audience and get shared by others it needs to happen organically. Keep your focus on creating good content that fits your brand and targets your audience, if it has the right mix of ingredients it might just go viral.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Another Step in the Evolution of our Communication Style

You have probably heard about the concepts of evolution and innovation in the context of technology. Everyday life is nowadays related to the language learning of computers where communication is the main goal and the profit of the media serves the purpose of establishing a connection between the giver and the receiver of such message.

With those words to categorize the meaning that lies behind the new, it is possible to understand what campaigns for change are striving for: movement. The same movement is necessary to evolve and to re-think a concept, in this case, one of Social Media.

As human beings we have been told that we are by nature social beings, but what does the word social really mean? In terms of a concept and as a reference to try and define it, social is the capacity to relate to each other; such relation gives rise to the possibility of forming a group, connected by certain characteristics where the undeniable common ground is that of being human.

But where does Social Media start to be part of the interactions between us? When we understand the generalized use of the compound of those words social media in such instances is one of the “forms of media that allow people to communicate and share information using the internet”.

In addition to the characteristics of this communication strategy, the sharing of information allows us to become a team when it comes to the social distancing periods necessary in this world we know.

The respect of space shapes those interactions and lets us realize that it is now possible to be miles apart and still make our message heard. That opportunity to reach those who are far is a wonderful tool that we could profit as far as possible to give service by making use of the platforms currently available such as what we call Social Networks.

The challenge is that of being able to wait for being picked in a line of unlimited content and make our product stand out, this is when choosing the right communication tools comes in handy.

To name some examples we have Spotify for music artists, YouTube for video editors, WordPress for content creation, LinkedIn to connect professionals, Facebook for sharing thoughts, Twitter to give rise to debate, Instagram as a portfolio, Google to search and Email to communicate, eBay for exchange of goods, and Amazon for online shopping and streaming services, among many others.

We can of course make use of several tools to reach a wider audience but it is in the understanding of our niche public that we can come up with the perfect mix of options to reach out to them in a more impactful way.

This constant practice of “knowing how to” allows for the unconfined exercise of certain methods such as digital marketing and advertising because, as Margaret Molloy, well said, “Social media is a contact sport” and when it comes to sports practice makes perfect.

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Creating Bonds Through Emotional Branding

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Hellen Keller

Making audiences fall in love with brands is an old marketing practice that, in the past, only a few managed to achieve.

Competition grows exponentially and, with it, new ways and tools for marketing products and services continue emerging. And this has changed the way in which we all communicate for good.

Social networking has grown fast in the last couple of decades. This growth has forced creativity, innovation, and interaction to go a step further in the new marketing advances. Brands not only want to remain on the “top of mind”, but move further to a “top of heart” place.

Emotional branding looks for audiences to get hooked.

But why all the efforts to touch people?

People are hardwired for emotion, sentiment, passion, love. People make decisions based on feelings. Passion encourages. Love, well, let’s just say that “Love makes the world go round.” People are pushed into action when an unconscious desire is triggered by emotion.

So, what is your brand personality?

The days of delivering plain advertisements are now long gone. Customers have become harder to attract and keep, and there are way too many factors competing, bringing into the spotlight one indispensable key player for building long-term relationships: creating experiences.  

Traditional marketing and advertising practices are still an important part of the overall promotional strategy of a product or service, but combining these with emotional branding is what makes the difference in terms of reach and recognition. Telling stories that people can relate to; making them experience a feeling of bonding.

We all have learned the importance of linking brands with values.

Human emotions can be complicated, and so are the times that we are living. Technology has played a crucial role in this tireless pursuit of improving our lifestyles and creating bonds. Although we can be in touch with people all over the world at any time and any place, we have also distanced ourselves from traditional human contact. We now choose instant messaging over a phone call or a video call over a conventional face-to-face meeting. Even more so today.

Emotional stories have always been around, but the difference now is that they can be delivered instantly to people’s homes, and hands, giving brands, and people, an unmatched opportunity for bonding.

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Digital Marketing: Springboard to Success

“You can never go wrong by investing in communities and the human beings within them.” 

Pam Moore

To be competitive in today’s digital market place, it’s now more important than ever to understand the impact effective social media and digital marketing campaigns can have on your brand’s growth and attracting the right customers. 

Getting Started

To be effective on social media it’s vital to understand where to begin. We’ll take a look at a bird’s eye view of the main topics to consider when outlining a social media strategy. 

Before creating an account or spending money on sponsored ads, you should ask yourself:

What is my goal and why do I want to achieve it?

These may sound like unimportant questions, but giving detailed answers, will aide in helping you successfully create your social media strategy. 

Answering these and other questions upfront will make it easier to decide which direction to go when creating and scheduling content, by knowing exactly what you want your customer to think and believe about your brand, how they perceive your brand values and what action you want them to take when viewing you on social platforms, streamlines your creation process, puts you in control and delivers the best results.

Measuring Your Impact

But how to measure these results?

For some, this doesn’t always mean making a sale. Your goal could be to grow your following, drive traffic to your website or create leads for your sales team to follow up on. To fully understand how your content is performing you must set up and track various key performance indicators (KPIs).

It’s through these statistics that you will be able to see which content is yielding the best results, where your followers are coming from, what their preferences are and how they are engaging with you. Success is a moving target and KPIs keep you on the right path.

When, Where and How to Post

Deciding when, where and how often to post your content takes a bit of trial and error to find the perfect recipe. 

Why? 

Because much like getting started with digital marketing, creating a winning content schedule requires a closer look at your audience and then asking where are they from, which platforms are they using, how do they digest content (also known as audience behavior) and most importantly what time they most likely to be active. 

These behaviors will dictate how we interact with each platform. Optimizing strategies and content to reach the widest audience available to us at the right time. Your goals and audience will determine what times and how often to post on each platform. 

With the rise of social media, many content management tools have been developed to help users manage and review their content and profiles, all in one place. These tools help businesses be consistent with their content, something most audiences have come to expect. 

Budget

In recent years social media has turned the marketing world on its head. By being able to target a specific audience exactly where they are spending their time online has allowed businesses and brands of all sizes the opportunity to tap into their desired markets for far less expense than traditional marketing methods.  

While there is no perfect budget to use on social media platforms, with the right approach even a small investment can yield surprisingly big results. 

Setting the right goals, optimizing your content and sticking to budget is a sure way to succeed and make the most out of social media. At Brieffin we use our experience to help our clients navigate each of these steps, creating content and schedules that raise brand awareness through storytelling, good design, and a focused social media management approach.

For more information about how we can help your brand make the most of digital and social media marketing, contact us at connect@brieffin.com.

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Personalizing Your Digital Marketing Strategy

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust

No matter our stories, no matter our life experiences, there’s one thing most of us have in common: we’ve all had someone play the role of a coach in our lives.

Maybe it was an actual coach, like for a sports team. (Personally, I played soccer and basketball growing up.) Maybe it was a teacher or some sort of special instructor. Or maybe it was your parents, grandparents, or even an older sibling. The role of a coach, regardless of the official title, is someone who provides guidance. Who cheers you on. Who wants to help you succeed.

Here’s what the dictionary has to say:

Coach (noun): someone who helps you identify and focus on what’s important; someone who trains you to achieve your goals.

Even as we grow older and move into professional careers, we often identify someone in our workplace or industry to act as a mentor. Through this person’s lens of experience, they share their knowledge to help us achieve more than we could alone.

But sometimes, we may need coaching in another area. It might be something that’s totally foreign to us. Or maybe, though we’re already experts on a given topic, we may be looking for an outside perspective.

The best coaches I’ve had in my life were ones who challenged me in a way that I wasn’t expecting. When I showed up to the soccer field, or to band practice, or to my professor’s office, I often walked in feeling confident in myself. Like I knew what I needed to do. But several times, they asked me to totally re-think what I thought I knew. And that’s not always a comfortable feeling.

But without the change in perspective, our ability to grow is limited. In some cases, we even have to unlearn the things we thought we knew, that we took to be completely, unequivocally true, to reach our full potential. Long story short – change isn’t easy, but we rely on coaches to help us uncover more than we thought possible.

So, speaking of coaching… if you’ve seen our social media lately, you may have seen that we at Brieffin are offering something we’re really excited about: personalized social media workshops. Whatever your story is, and whatever you’re hoping to gain, we want to help spark your creativity and share inspiration to revitalize your digital marketing strategy.

We know that the digital marketing landscape is constantly changing. Sometimes, it seems like if you blink, you’ll miss a new trend that’s taking over the online world. It can truly be exhausting to try to keep track of everything.

With our personalized workshops, we’ll sit down with you to help identify your business goals and start from the very beginning to create a custom strategy for you.

A few of the topics we’ll cover include:

Strategy & Purpose | Audience Targeting & KPIs | Frequency & Timeline | Budget | Content | Social Networks | Engagement Flow & Protocol | Advertising | Content Type | Copywriting Tone | Design | Monitoring | Brand Reputation | Analytics

Most of all, we want our clients to know that this is not a presentation – it’s a conversation. While we may be the coach in this case, we want our clients to take an active, participating role. One common theme of our workshops is the HANDS-ON approach, and this is the only way the end result can be the very best it can be.

If you want to learn more about our personalized social media workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d love to connect with you.

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Social Media Marketing And Industrial Brands

No niche is too small if it’s yours.

Seth Godin

Industrial engineering brands might be the last type of brand you’d expect to have a social media presence. For a long time, that was true. But back in 2012, we entered the social media space for our first industrial client, and we haven’t looked back since.

In the beginning, it certainly wasn’t easy. With the continually shifting technological landscape, it seemed like a new social media platform was popping up every month. After getting a handle on those, the next step was deciding WHAT to share. Our clients already had plenty of interesting and informative content available on their websites: photos, technical brochures, presentations, videos, news, press releases, career opportunities, and more.

Little by little, with trial and error came experience. Seven years later, we’ve become more confident in our digital marketing and online branding strategies for our clients. But social media has never stopped changing, and it probably never will. We’re ready to keep learning, keep evolving, and keep tackling the challenges that come our way.

When considering social media for industrial brands, keep the following topics in mind.

Different platforms, different strategies

On social platforms like Facebook and Instagram, it’s all about visuals. With Facebook, we also focus on the stories, trivia, and human-interest aspect of our brands. We want our community members to be involved in the experience. Twitter, on the other hand, is where we really focus on sharing technical information. We can connect with other companies in the industry and answer questions from our customers. For this reason, we often focus on Twitter with a high level of communication every day. We’ve also got touchpoints on other platforms such as YouTube and SlideShare, where our clients can share very technical information for engineers or clients of their own.

Magnifying reach

An important aspect of any type of marketing campaign is identifying the target audience and the message. After that, we can focus on actually reaching that audience. Social media is one of the best ways to broadcast a message directly to a selected audience – and much of the time, it’s completely free! On top of that, it’s easy to track and quantify the metrics of how well a certain post or campaign is performing. With access to this data, marketers and brands can receive valuable insight to audience attitudes, feelings, and behaviors. From there, messages can be reinforced or re-adjusted.

Enhancing relationships

Connection is an essential part of the human experience. That doesn’t change just because we start talking about a relationship involving a brand. With social media, the brand is able to change from an “it” to an “us” – which includes the people who make the brand, as well as the people who engage with it.  Not only that, brands have a way to listen to and learn from their customers in real time. It’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be ignored. Brands can offer better and enhanced user experiences from their products and services, thanks to the live feedback from the target audience.

Exchanging knowledge

What better way to stay on top of market trends than being a part of the conversation? By following and engaging with others in the same industry, brands on social media can get front-row access to what’s happening elsewhere. It’s a great way to keep on top of industry trends. Not only that, but there can be a high-quality information exchange with consumers. We mentioned before that we often share very technical content with our followers on platforms such as Twitter. When they ask us a question, we as the social media managers may not necessarily be able to answer right away – we need to call in an expert. But once that expert does respond with the answer, the customer walks away with new industry knowledge and (hopefully) a reinforced positive image of the brand.

Social media marketing – no matter the industry – is so much more than just spamming your followers with links and endless self-promotion. It should be a conversation, carefully thought-out; an investment of time and effort.

Whether you’re a beginner looking for a place to start, or just looking for a more hands-on approach to your digital marketing strategy, we can help. We offer coaching and consulting services, to exchange our own knowledge with others and build a stronger community of social media marketers.

Let’s find your communication destiny – together.

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